Philosophical Argument – how to evaluate its quality?

In the last article I briefly described what a 'philosophical argument' means. This article continues on this, so far, short series and looks at how we can assess the quality of an argument and what it means to say that an argument is valid or sound. As often is the case, it starts with some …

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Philosophical Argument – what is it?

In this article, I would like to explore what is a philosophical argument and what it is made of. It is worth clarifying that by 'argument' I do not mean an angry exchange of accusations or any other type of emotionally heated conflict. So, for starters, we should be clear about what philosophical argument is …

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Maturity

When are you mature? What does it mean - to be mature? Does it happen automatically as you grow older? I think maturity is not directly linked to your age. We all can think of at least one example when an adult is acting like a child and a young person seems to have an …

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Be Ready to Drop Your Assumptions

This last weekend I was working on my first academic philosophy writing, an essay on Hume's views of the "self". He was a convinced empiricist and was sceptical about rationalism and its assumption that we can know things based on and thanks to our reason alone. Hume thought that the only way we can develop …

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Getting Our Assumptions Clear

Recently I had an interesting conversation over lunch with a few colleagues, all of us with many years of experience in the same industry. Initially it all went the usual way - we complained about the lack of demand for our products and how the clients didn't understand the real value of these products. The …

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What do we want to want?

What do I want right now? To sleep, to be at home or in a cozy forest hut with a crackle sound of fireplace and a smell of chocolaty cacao, to be reading something that engages my mind and stimulates my imagination, to be writing driven by my inspiration, to have my friends, family, cat …

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Writing with Your Senses

This article is a little bit off-topic in that I do not actively explore philosophical questions in it. In fact, this short piece is an exercise I did for my creative writing course. An exercise in writing with my senses. In other words, being here and now and making it real on a page. Therefore, …

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What makes you You? An imaginary dialogue with John Locke

Are you the same person you were 10 years ago? What about when you were a child? And what about yesterday? And since we are talking about it – will you be the same person tomorrow? Perhaps we should start by asking what does it mean to be the same person and what a “person” …

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Automatic Misunderstandings and how to avoid them

There is nothing new about it - people misunderstand each other regularly, we all know it and we all do it. However, recently I have been reminded just how easily we fall into the simplest traps of misunderstandings. So easily that when we realize it afterwards (if we do), we are surprised to the extent …

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Thoughts on “A Brief History of Thought” by Luc Ferry

In one of my previous articles (Why Philosophy), I briefly mentioned a book: A Brief History of Thought, a philosophical guide to living, by Luc Ferry. Now I have finished reading it and would, therefore, like to share my thoughts on it in more detail. A very short summary of my impressions, however, is this: …

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